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betrayal

Line breaks: be|tray¦al
Pronunciation: /bɪˈtreɪəl
 
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Definition of betrayal in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The action of betraying one’s country, a group, or a person; treachery: the betrayal by the French of their own refugees [count noun]: these developments represented a betrayal of democracy
More example sentences
  • As a father himself he finds such disloyalty and betrayal completely unacceptable.
  • The cocaine trade being so lucrative, it encouraged disloyalty and betrayal.
  • Betrayal, when stemming from childhood, results in an expectation that betrayals will occur again and again, so a person is constantly anticipating them.
Synonyms
duplicity, deception, double-dealing;
breach of faith, breach of trust, stab in the back, Judas kiss;
rare false-heartedness, Punic faith

Words that rhyme with betrayal

Baal, defrayal, portrayal

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